Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Poverty creates challenges that can thrust adult worries and responsibilities on children. That’s certainly true for sponsored child Carlos from El Salvador.
At just 11 years old, Carlos takes his role as the oldest child and older brother seriously, especially since his father left shortly after his younger brother, Byron, was born.
Carlos experienced the joy of becoming a big brother when his mom, Wendy, gave birth to Byron in 2008. Unfortunately, Byron was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which meant he would need special care and medical treatment.
Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.
Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.
As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.
One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”
Read more about Maria’s journey here.
Q. I want to sponsor someone who needs help the most. How do you determine who among the children and elderly on your waiting list has the greatest need for sponsorship?
By Scott Wasserman, president and chief executive officer
The start of the new year marked an important milestone in our organization’s history as we began a new chapter as Unbound.
I feel blessed to be part of it.
A child in India plays Carom.
A crowd gathers to watch a game of Carom.
On a 2012 awareness trip to India, staffers, sponsors and CFCA scholars enjoy a spirited game of Kabaddi.
Games of Carom and Kabaddi, oh my! Check out these two games children play in India, and join in the fun!
In El Salvador, CFCA sponsor, Mike Madama, prepares to give his sponsored friend Karla a big hug.
Behind every sponsorship is a story — how you found your sponsored friend, why you sponsored and your ongoing relationship as you both learn more about each other’s lives and dreams.
Sometimes, though, people aren’t sure where to start. Should they sponsor a boy or girl? Child, youth or aging person?
And in which country?
Here are a few factors that can help when choosing your sponsored friend: